A decadent treatment using their own brand of lemongrass scented products, Cloisters Spa at Muckross Park Hotel in Ireland, explains why The Wilderness Therapy Ritual is one of a kind …
What exactly is the treatment?
It’s a Cloisters lemongrass full body exfoliation, Cloisters soothing body butter application, and then a full body hot stone massage, all lasting one hour and 50 minutes.
Where does it come from?
We created it ourselves because I wanted to source something handmade in Kerry, and our signature scent is lemongrass so I wanted to keep that theme. I found a lady in Kerry called Alice and we came up with the ideas. The products are 100% natural and the scrub is lavender and lemongrass which is uplifting and calming and leaves your skin lovely and soft. Our weather isn’t always good in Ireland so we have to scrub that dry skin! The body butter is almond, jojoba, evening primrose oil, and or course lemongrass!
What is it supposed to do?
It’s a really relaxing treatment and when you first go in we want you to feel scrubbed and feeling good first so we start with that. Then there is the body butter so the skin is lovely, and then the hot stones are really warming so the combination is utterly relaxing and comforting, and really good for muscle tension. It’s quintessentially Irish as well which is a nice touch.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
We always bring hot towels and the bed is heated to bring warmth to the body and make sure you are totally relaxed and comfortable. We always make sure that people know what happens in the treatment, they are never totally exposed, and you are introduced to the treatment with a feather touch.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
We would recommend you don’t shave beforehand because of the exfoliation, try not to shower for a while afterwards to keep the oil on your skin, and we add an ylang-ylang oil into the massage which smells amazing, so keep that on for as long as possible.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
I would recommend it to anyone who’s got really sore muscles or a bad back, and anyone who has dull skin and doesn’t often pay attention to it because it’s a really good eye opener on that front!
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
We have recently launched cancer care treatments for clients so we can adapt it for tha, which is great as cancer treatment can often cause dryness to skin. It is also not advised for pregnant women because of the hot stones and lemongrass. If you have nut allergies you should also avoid it because of the body butter but if you let us know then we can adapt it accordingly.
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